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Sunnyvale School District

Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow

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  • Programs of Choice

    We know that when it comes to learning, one size does not fit all. So in addition to our excellent, well-rounded neighborhood schools, Sunnyvale School District offers several Programs of Choice: a science focus, a brand-new Spanish dual-immersion program, and a parent-participation program at the elementary level. In middle school, we offer a University Partnership Program that brings cutting-edge curriculum and best practices gleaned through Stanford University research to our students. In these programs, and at every one of our neighborhood schools, our curriculum includes music, art, living history, hands-on science, project-based learning, and state-of-the-art technology, but with a special emphasis that works best for your family!


    Please note that students who wish to enroll in Columbia Middle School's University Partnership Program or a Program of Choice at a school other than their neighborhood school must go through the district's open enrollment process.

Information Nights

    Lakewood Tech EQ Tours
    9-10 a.m.
    Jan. 12
    Jan. 25
    Feb. 2
    Please register by calling  408-522-8272
    Lakewood is located at 750 Lakechime Drive 
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  • CMS UPP Parent Information Nights
    Jan. 19 6:30 p.m.
    Jan. 24 6:30 p.m.
    Parent Tours and Student Shadow Days
    Jan. 20 9 a.m.
    Jan. 26 9 a.m.
    Please register by calling  408-522-8247
    Columbia is located at 739 Morse Ave. 
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  • Bishop Elementary Tour: 
    Jan. 20
    March 10
    May 19
    8:15-9 a.m.
    Leadership Day
    March 31 9-11 a.m.
    Open House
    May 17 6-7 p.m.
    Please register by sending an email to rosario.clark@sesd.org. 
    Bishop is located at 450 N. Sunnyvale Ave.
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  • Fairwood Elementary Kinder Information Night: 
    Dec. 15 5:30 p.m.
    Please register by sending an email to jeffrey.bryant@sesd.org. 
    Fairwood is located at 110 Fairwood Ave.
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  • San Miguel Elementary School Classroom Tours: 
    Jan. 19
    Feb. 16
    March 23
    April 6
    May 18
    8:30-9:30 a.m.
    Please register by sending an email to imelda.aguilar@sesd.org. 
    San Miguel is located at 777 San Miguel Ave.
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    Fairwood Explorer School

    Parent Participation Program

    • High academic standards
    • Small-group instruction
    • Project-based, hands-on learning
    • Collaborative environment

    Fairwood Explorer’s goal is to guide its diverse student body to become creative, intellectually curious, confident, respectful, self-disciplined and socially responsible.

    For more information on Fairwood Explorer School, please click here.






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    Vargas Elementary School

    Student Success through Science

    • High academic standards
    • Inquiry-based learning
    • Hands-on science every day, every grade
    • New, fully equipped science lab

    Vargas Elementary students enjoy a rich, well-rounded curriculum of language arts, mathematics, social studies and the arts, viewed through a scientific lens.


    For more information on Vargas Elementary's Student Success through Science program, please visit Vargas' web site or call (408) 522-8267.











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    Bishop Elementary School

    A Leader in Me School

    • Based on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People that provides opportunities for students to develop their full potential.
    • Students, families, and staff learn 21st-century principles and skills and apply them to enhance campus culture and improve academic achievement.
    • We develop the whole person and empower students to lead their own learning.
    • We believe that everyone has genius and therefore everyone can contribute to the greatness of our school.


    Together, we recognize and celebrate the greatness of each child and provide students with multiple opportunities to develop their full potential.


    For more information about The Leader in Me, visit Bishop's website or call 408.522.8229. 

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    Columbia Middle School

    Stanford University Partnership Program (UPP)

    • High academic standards
    • Inquiry based learning
    • Small student-to-teacher ratio
    • Innovative, research-based instructional strategies
    • Technology integration

    UPP provides a classroom community that is rigorous and engaging, developed through Columbia’s partnership with Stanford University’s researchers, clinical associates, and teacher candidates.

    For more information on UPP at Columbia Middle School, click here or please call (408) 522-8247.


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    San Miguel Elementary School

    An Ashoka Changemaker School* offering Juntos Spanish-English Dual Immersion Program

    • High academic standards
    • Students develop full bilingualism and biliteracy in both Spanish and English
    • Changemaker skills: building empathy, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving

    Dual-immersion students develop analytical skills that strengthen all academic areas. Dual-immersion currently for kindergarten and first-grade only. Welcoming second-grade in fall of 2017. For more information on San Miguel Elementary’s Juntos Spanish-English Dual Immersion program, please visit their web page or call (408) 522-8278.

    *See http://www.startempathy.org

    San Jose Mercury News Article on Juntos



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    Lakewood Tech EQ

    Technology & Social Smarts for the 21st-century


    • Developing students’ social and emotional learning as a foundation for using technology for communication.
    • Parent and community partnerships help guide and enrich the program’s learning progressions.
    • Hands-on opportunities to develop student’s emotional intelligence (EQ).
    • Technology skills for rigorous academic achievement.


    Lakewood Elementary’s nurturing environment is foundational to our children’s development into forward-thinking, emotionally resilient problem-solvers. We have high standards for our students’ academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and responsible citizenship. For more information on Lakewood Tech EQ, visit their web page or call 408.522.8272.

Registration Information

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